Microsoft, and morse specifically Xbox, has been having a pretty good week this week and it hasn’t had to try for the most part. Sony announced the PlayStation 4 Slim and PlayStation 4 Pro, neither of which include a UHD BluRay player.
This was the first subject which Xbox Twitter jumped on by comparing it to the specs and capabilities of the Xbox One S.
— Xbox UK (@xboxuk) September 7, 2016
Remaining sales points that Sony made were matched by the already released Xbox One S and at a lower price point than the PlayStation 4 Pro. Of course, one of the things Sony is looking to do with the Pro is to push PlayStation VR which Microsoft has no console presence in.
Then came the report that Xbox Live was faster and more reliable than PlayStation Network which gave Microsoft plenty of new marketing materials.
Then, more recently, after today’s announcement that Sony would not approve mod support the Xbox UK Twitter team were quick to add to the Xbox platform capabilities.
Mod support ✅
Backward Compatibility ✅
Fastest, most reliable gaming network ✅ https://t.co/XS7pwdZWHB
— Xbox UK (@xboxuk) September 9, 2016
All of this is without Microsoft confirming the specs of Project Scorpio which is due next year but is already touted as being more powerful than the PlayStation 4 Pro.
That leaves VR, Microsoft does have the HoloLens but isn’t within reach of the casual consumer at $3k each for the current development kits. However, Microsoft is in a unique position in that they could add support for whichever Windows 10 PC capable VR headset they like so it doesn’t matter which technology comes out on top. Oculus Rift and/or HTC Vive support on Project Scorpio? Don’t rule it out just yet.